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First Day — Jan 11, 2019

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

BOOK SALE

The Friends of the Library will hold its winter used book sale from noon – 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, and 9:30 a.m. – noon Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Artesia Public Library. Cost is $5 per bag, $10 per box.

LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION

Registration for the 2019 season of Artesia Little League will be held Jan. 15Feb. 15 online at tshq.bluesombrero.com/artesiall. New users must create an account; 2018 players should still have one. One in-person registration for those unable to pay online will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Artesia Public Schools Administration Building, 301 Bulldog Blvd. Log in to the website and create an account for the player prior to attending in-person registration. New players should bring a birth certificate. Cost is $60 per player, $10 discount for multiple children in the same household. For more information, email [email protected].

26th STREET CONSTRUCTION

Sweatt Construction Inc. has begun construction of a substation off of South 26th Street. Work will continue for the next two months and will involve shoulder work as well as equipment and materials arriving to the site. Motorists are urged to exercise caution when driving in the area.


(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and nonprofit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around Town.)

TEENS vs. COPS NERF WAR

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Artesia Police Department for a NERF Gun War from 6:30-8 p.m. today at the Artesia Public Library. Teams of three will move around the library protecting or recovering hidden items. Guns and darts will be provided. For more information, contact Jessica Paschal, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.

YOUTH BASKETBALL

The City of Artesia will accept registrations for boys’ youth basketball, grades 3-6, through today at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. Fee is $35 per child. For more information, call 746-5058 or email [email protected].

PATHFINDER

Adults ages 18 and up are invited to join in the fantasy role-playing game Pathfinder from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Artesia Public Library. The game has begun, but there are plenty of spots for new players. Materials are provided but players may also bring their own. For more information, contact Jo Nickerson-Harper, adult services librarian, at 746-8506.

STREET CLOSURE

JJ Clark Drive, between Centennial and Bowman drives, will be closed to both east- and westbound traffic from Monday, Jan. 14, through Wednesday, Jan. 16. For more information, contact Darin Coslin at 626-1140.

SOFTBALL BOOSTERS

The Lady Bulldog Softball Boosters will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at the Artesia Public Schools Administration Building, 301 Bulldog Blvd.

SCHOOL BOARD

The Artesia Public Schools Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, in the Lowell M. Irby Board Room at the Administration Building, 301 Bulldog Blvd. A copy of the agenda for this meeting is available at the Administration Building.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Habitat for Humanity of Artesia will hold its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the First United Methodist Church parlor. The public is invited to attend.

SNMCAC BOARD

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation (SNMCAC) will hold a board of directors meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the SNMCAC Building, 1915 San Jose Blvd., Carlsbad. For more information, call 575-887-3939.

PREGNANCY HELP CENTER

Pregnancy Help Center of Artesia will host an informational luncheon at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at 610 W. Quay Ave. PHCA is seeking volunteers to peer counsel, sort clothing, prepare meals, serve on the board, etc. RSVP to Amanda by calling or texting 513-1826.

YARN UNITED

Due to the popularity of the program, the Artesia Public Library has added an extra Yarn United crochet and knitting club meeting each month. The group will now meet at noon Wednesday, Jan. 23.

ALL-GIRL BOY SCOUT TROOP

Girls ages 11 and up, as well as parent leaders, are invited to an Open House for Boy Scouts of America Troop 220 – the first all-girl Scout Troop in the Chisum Trail District – at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at First United Methodist Church, 500 W. Grand Ave. Registration will be held. Girls will learn life and leadership skills, as well as go on adventures. For more information, visit the Troop 220 First United Methodist Church Facebook page.

BLOOD DRIVES

Vitlant will conduct two more blood drives during the month of January: 8-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the Bloodmobile at Penasco Valley Telecommunications; and 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Artesia High School special services room.

CHRISTIAN CONCERT

Harvest Fellowship Church will host “The Encounter” tour, a Christian rap concert including members of Kingdom Muzic, at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Saturday, Feb. 2., at 2307 W. Main St. The all-ages event is free to the public. For more information, contact Izaiah Gonzales at 308-1799 or Micah Howard at 703-2242.

LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY

All ladies are invited to participate in a lunch-hour Bible study covering the books of Ruth, Esther and Job from noon – 1 p.m. continuing each Thursday through April 4, 2019, at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. For more information, contact Rita Derrick at 513-1523.

CHOIR BLANKETS

The Artesia High School Choir Boosters are selling Bulldog choir blankets for $40 each. They can be purchased at the AHS office, 1002 W. Richardson Ave. To reserve a blanket, call 746-9816.

RENTAL/MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation is here to assist with rental/mortgage assistance or utility assistance. Individuals may come by 1313 Gilchrist Ave. or call 746-6712 to see if they qualify.

HEAD START APPLICATIONS

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation Head Start program is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 program year. Child MUST have turned 3 or 4 years old before Sept. 1, 2018. Children who turn 5 before Sept. 1 are not eligible. Enrollment is being scheduled at Artesia Head Start, 504 W. Gage Ave., 748-1141; Hagerman Head Start, 112 N. Cambridge, 752-4244; and Dexter Head Start, 401 C West Fourth St., 734-6104. For more information or to arrange a tour, contact your local Head Start.

ON THE MOVE

The On the Move Outreach Center, 515 W. Centre Ave., is open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. On the Move is also seeking board members and volunteers. For more information, call 708-0033.

COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY

Community Bible Study meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at First Baptist Church. The study is on the book of Acts. Child classes are available. For more information, email [email protected].

LITERACY COUNCIL

The Artesia Literacy Council office is open for registration and testing for the new year. Stop by to register or update information on file. A new evaluation method is being utilized to help better identify educational needs. Day and evening classes are available in pre-GED, ESL, basic literacy and citizenship. For more information, call 748-9740 or visit 1507 W. Hermosa Drive.

LITERACY TUTORS

The Artesia Literacy Council in in need of volunteer tutors. Need not speak Spanish or any other language to tutor. A commitment of one to two hours per week is all that is needed. Certify online. To volunteer or for more information, call 748-9740 or visit 1507 W. Hermosa Drive.

SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCH

The Artesia Moose Lodge, 2701 W. Main St., will serve lunch to senior citizens at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month.

AUXILIARY THRIFT SHOP

The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, 611 N. First St., is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. The shop is no longer offering bag sales. Donations can be dropped off during business hours.

ENGLISH CLASS

A free English as a second language class will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursdays at 2519 W. Hermosa Drive. For more information, call 308-4700.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center is seeking volunteers/docents to help with tasks such as watching over the gallery, answering phones, taking messages, straightening up, etc. Volunteers can receive discounts on tickets, workshops, classes, etc. For more information, contact Laurie at the OPAC, 746-4212 or [email protected].

TOPS

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) is a weight-loss group that meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the Senior Center. The group offers lessons on good nutrition and losing weight. Need not be a Senior Center member to attend. For more information, call 736-0250.

AUTISM SUPPORT

A support group is being formed for families of children with autism. For more information, contact Jessica at 420-1391 or Eric at 420-0059.

YOGA CLASSES

Adult yoga classes for all skill levels are held from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays and Kids’ Yoga from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Saturdays at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Cost is $10 for a drop-in class or $80 for a 10-class package. For more information, call the OPAC at 746-4212.

PLACED BY GRACE

A Placed by Grace adoption ministry meets at 3:30 p.m. the first and third Sunday of every month in the Harvest Fellowship Sanctuary, 404 W. Richey Ave. Anyone who has been part of an adoption is invited to attend. For more information, contact Harvest Fellowship at 746-6195.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

Celebrate Recovery, a non-denominational, Christ-centered recovery program, is held each Tuesday at Hermosa Church of Christ. A meal is served at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 513-2709 or 308-9273.

MEALS ON WHEELS

Artesia Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. The organization delivers hot lunches to the elderly and individuals with disabilities. For more information on volunteering or registering a participant to receive meals, call 746-9642.

KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE

The Keeping the Dream Alive organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to attend.

GRIEF SHARE

Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.

MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets the first and third Thursdays of each month. MOPS is open to mothers with children ages newborn-kindergarten. This is a way to meet moms in the community. Childcare is provided. For more information, visit Artesia MOPS on Facebook.

SENIOR BINGO

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at 312 W. Kemp Ave. Rides are available. For more information, call David any time, day or night, at 602-9210.